Now On View at Weeks Library: Frank Sinatra Centennial Exhibit

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The Weeks Music Library presents a selection of materials from its collections that highlight the profound, multifaceted cultural influence of the artist—perhaps best reflected in the assortment of nicknames including “Chairman of the Board,” “The Voice,” “Ol’ Blue Eyes,” and others by which he is still remembered. This exhibition spans his many memorable musical hits as well as his acting achievements, including his involvement in the Rat Pack, and other influential endeavors throughout his life.

Born December 12, 1915, Francis Albert Sinatra began his career performing as a big band crooner before finding fame as a popular singer and actor, culminating in his 1953 Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for From Here to Eternity.

Though his popularity dwindled somewhat in later years, he stepped back into the spotlight with his 1980 cover of “(Theme from) New York, New York.” After a brief “retirement” in 1971, Sinatra continued performing and touring until his death in 1998.

Infamous for his membership in the “Rat Pack,” his alleged Mafia connections, and his ties to such political notables as John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan, Sinatra remains a beloved and fascinating figure of American popular music and culture.



Tasty Tunes – Selections from the Musical Theater Archive

singCoffee… candy… picnics… pie… some things are so good you could just sing about them! And, in fact, countless songs have been written about food and drink over the years. To celebrate all things gastronomic, the Marta and Austin Weeks Music Library presents a selection of songs from the Larry Taylor-Billy Matthews Musical Theater Archive. From “Tea for Two” to “Let ’em Eat Cake,” the exhibit highlights the importance of food and drink to American culture.

The exhibit will run through the summer. Come and sample the melodic morsels we have to offer!







Weeks Music Library Celebration Brings Opera Collection to Life

Students performed during the event.

Vocal performance students Jennifer Voigt, Ana Collado, and Max Moreno perform historical opera compositions from the Roger Gross Opera Collection.

by Sarah Block, Library Communications

Celebrating the tenth anniversary of the Marta and Austin Weeks Music Library and the 2014 acquisition of the historical Roger Gross Opera Collection, more than one hundred librarians, community members, and students and faculty of the Frost School of Music gathered for a reception and vocal performance at the library on Friday, January 23.

The event was presented by the University of Miami Libraries (UML) and the Frost School of Music. Dean of Libraries Chuck Eckman opened the program by describing the growth—and growing impact—of the Weeks Library over the past decade. “The generosity of the Weeks family and countless supporters have allowed the library to become a trusted resource for many, especially the students of the premier Frost School,” Eckman said.

Frost School of Music Dean Shelton Berg spoke on the importance of the library for music students, then introduced the three vocal performance students who sang pieces they selected from the Roger Gross collection while in Professor Karen Henson’s musicology class, “Singers and Opera Performance from Handel to ‘Live in HD’” last semester.

Max Moreno, a bass vocalist pursuing his doctorate in musical arts (DMA), who performed first—an aria written by Mozart in 1797 for German singer Ludwig Fischer—described the scope and purpose of the class, and the value of the collection, which helped the students dig deeper into the lives of the historic opera singers whom they were emulating, even allowing them to fill in biographical gaps in their online research.

Jennifer Voigt discusses her selection, “Stripsody” by Cathy Berberian, with University Trustee Marta Weeks-Wulf.

“We studied the different lives of these singers from throughout the history of opera and discussed the relationships between the composers that they sang for, the performances they presented, and just the general artistry—who they were, and why they were important to the field of opera,” Moreno said.

Sopranos Ana Collado, a senior in the Department of Vocal Performance, and Jennifer Voigt, also pursuing a DMA degree, followed with works by Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924) and Cathy Berberian (1925-1983), respectively. Master’s piano student Leo Thorp accompanied the singers.

The library acquired the collection after the death of Roger Gross (1938-2013), a well-known New York autograph dealer and opera connoisseur who, over the course of his lifetime, accumulated thousands of books and other historical materials from the eighteenth century onward.

“This is a major acquisition for the University to have as a resource, and to see it explored, and hear it brought to life with such talent is deeply inspiring and rewarding,” said Nancy Zavac, Head of the Weeks Library, following the performance.

 

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From left to right: Dean of Libraries Chuck Eckman, Karleton Wulf, University Trustee Marta Weeks-Wulf, and Frost School of Music Dean Shelton Berg.

Zavac concluded the program by thanking her staff and all who were in attendance, with a special nod to University Trustee Marta Weeks-Wulf, who with husband Austin Weeks (d. 2005) provided the funding to build the library. “We have so many marvelous collections and materials on hand for our users, and so many of them thanks to the suggestions, donations, perseverance, and passion from our faculty, students, and friends – friends like [Marta].  This facility would not exist without her and her family’s thoughtfulness and generosity.”

 

Photos by Andrew Innerarity.

For more information on the Weeks Library or the Roger Gross Opera Collection, visit http://library.miami.edu/musiclib.



Spring Workshop: Music Research Tips

Want to improve your research papers and have greater success in your classes? Join us for the “Music Research Tips” Workshop, held in the Richter Library Information Literacy Lab, (3rd Fl, Rm 344) on Tuesday, February 3rd and Thursday, February 5th.

We’ll cover finding and using background information, articles, dissertations, audio, and music scores.

To register for either of these sessions, please click a link below:

Tuesday, February 3rd, 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Thursday, February 5th, 4:00pm – 5:00pm

You may view the other sessions in the Spring Workshops 2015 series at http://library.miami.edu/workshops-tutorials/.







The Rhythmic Imagination in African Music

Kofi Agawu FlyerThe Department of Musicology and the Africana Studies Program are pleased to announce “The Rhythmic Imagination in African Music,” a lecture by Kofi Agawu, Professor of Musicology at Princeton University.

Professor Agawu’s professional interests include music theory, ethnomusicology, and historical musicology, and encompass the musical traditions of 18th and 10th century Europe and West Africa.

Please join us for a lively and informative talk by Professor Agawu.

Friday, November 21
11:00 am – 12:15 pm
Clarke Recital Hall

 

 



Did you know…

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Sarah Vaughan

… that the Weeks Music Library has nearly 7,000 jazz CDs, and is adding more all the time? Our collection highlights the full spectrum of jazz history, from legends such as Charlie Parker, Sarah Vaughan (left), and Oscar Peterson, to contemporary and up-and-coming artists like Jason Moran, Mary Halvorson, Daniel Szabo, and Cécile McLorin Salvant. The collection also features a variety of jazz styles and sub-genres, including cool jazz, bebop, swing, and avant-garde.

To see what albums have been recently added to our collection, check out the “New Acquisitions” pages for Jazz CDs. You can browse by performer or by CD title.

If we don’t have a jazz CD, and you think we should, let us know using the “Suggest a purchase” form.

For more jazz recordings, check out the Naxos Music Library Jazz Collection.